Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego

Wisconsin

California - Monterey area

Illinois

California - San Francisco area

Ohio

Oregon

Virginia

Washington

Maryland

Arizona

North Carolina

Colorado

Seattle

Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut

Ohio

Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco

Wisconsin/Illinois

Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 

 

 

Practical Piano exams

Practical Piano exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Find out about our Performance Grades, an alternative route to a graded music exam.

Download the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (PDF)

Practical Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Practical Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Publications and audio

Piano Medley 2018

You can download for free Incipit Express arr. John Madden, a kaleidoscopic grand tour of the ABRSM Piano exam pieces 2019 & 2020, for piano trio.

Supporting apps

Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing the part for one hand so you can practise the other as you learn. The 2021 & 2022 Piano Exam Pieces, including Initial Grade, will be available in the app from 9 July.

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Piano Scales Trainer

Piano Scales Trainer helps increase fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements.

Sight-Reading Trainer

Sight-Reading Trainer helps develop skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. Available for Piano Grades 1–5.

We have a range of apps to encourage learning and support exam preparation.

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